The Housing Standards Review, published by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is proposing to reduce the number of locally driven building requirements (such as the Merton Rule, Lifetime Homes, and the Code for Sustainable Homes), and incorporate some of their provisions (eg those on access and water) either into simplified national standards, or direct into the Building Regulations.

Under these proposals, some other provisions (eg on materials sourcing, daylight and ecology, as currently covered in the Code for Sustainable Homes) might no longer be addressed, and planning authorities will no longer be able to require particular standards for them – with DCLG instead suggesting that many of these considerations should be ‘left to the market’, with or without consumer labelling.



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